Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Got Calcium?

The Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a 15-year federally funded study involving more than 36,000 women ages 50 to 79, found that taking calcium (1,000 milligrams daily) and vitamin D (400 international units daily) improved hip bone density, but didn't decrease the risk of hip fractures.

But experts are saying don't stop taking those calcium supplements yet -- in other bone studies involving frail older women, calcium supplementation appeared beneficial. Researchers say additional study is needed to provide more conclusive results.

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